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isaiah israel synagogue in chicago, robert nevel, an architect, saw the temple, its grounds, and thought of food. "a building sitting in a sea of lawn, like a roast surrounded by a platter of garnish." he convinced elders to plow under that 'platter of garnish' expanse of lawn and use the land to grow produce. now, dozens of volunteers tend more than 5,000 square feet of vegetable garden. in two years, each square foot of land has produced a pound of vegetables. "we get these gardens going in march and deliver all the way to halloween." three days a week, he harvests, and provides fresh vegetables for five hot-meal programs such as the living room cafe on 64th street, feeding hundreds of people during the week. "it's a greater need for it. because of the economy, we're seeing people who normally wouldn't ask for help." all of the hot-meal programs are within a mile of the garden. "it's a big difference. fresh produce is so much better for you than what comes out of a can." a second garden has been added, and the concept of 'food-not- lawns' has taken root at two neighboring churches. "we
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